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Hazardous (and Universal) Waste Management

Course Number: 499

Lead Containing Waste: Lead Foil in Radiographic Film Packets

Elemental lead from lead foil in radiographic packets is a leachable toxin that can contaminate the soil and groundwater in landfill sites. Lead foil must be treated as hazardous waste. Collect and store lead foils in a wide-mouthed, airtight container labeled “Hazardous Waste – Lead Foil.” Once the container is full, have an approved hazardous waste transporter deliver it to an approved hazardous waste management facility for recycling or disposal.18